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Microsoft is and always has been a company based on synergy. While IBM and Apple wanted to corner the market on their versions of what they thought was a better OS than what Microsoft had -- they never really opened up the market to other businesses for making money off their OS's. For a price Microsoft has always been willing to allow any business to have under contract a inroute to Microsoft's source codes. Not all -- but, the ones needed for developing user softwares and drivers for equipment. Windows has basically done the same thing with the Linux world of softwares. Microsoft initially was built on UNIX servers with C/C++. I mean this is taking you back to the day when the earth was created almost. Linux wasn't even an active part of the matrix. Rockets, space planes, aeroplanes, ships, skyscrapers and more have been built using softwares like Autocad, Versicad, SmartCam, Mastercam and done on Windows OS's. Granted -- there has been some rough growing times -- but, the world is a much better place to be due largely to Microsofts efforts and it supporting other software companies. Some movies were built on Mac's but, short of that -- Microsoft has been the guy you could rely on to be on the world building turf. UNIX and Linux have had and still have their place in the world -- but, at this point Microsoft is working on voice activated everything for the future. The UNIX/Linux world has about two or three decades of research to bring these new features to the populace via "free opensource". Can you imagine sitting in a silent work booth talking to a computer screen using Autocad and describing in detail what Autocad is to do while it creates your new three dimension drawing or edits an old one done by yourself or even someone else? Opensource doesn't even have a tried and evenly matched Autocad competitor that you can even use a freaking wireless digitizer with yet. Within the next 3 to 5 years I firmly believe a engineer sitting at some desk mouse hacking out some drawing is going to be passe. Can you imagine sitting in that same silent room creating a musical orchestration? Microsoft does nothing but drives innovation. It actually created most all the innovation of the opensource arena. Microsoft is the greatest innovator of all time when it comes to doing things faster, better and cheaper. If it had been left up to IBM and Apple -- we'd still be living in the 80's paying prices that only the wealthy can afford. And for journalists saying that Apple brought the PC to the market is also false. IBM created the PC first and then Japan created wannabe PC's and called them clones. I had my first clone a year before Apple even blowed it's nose on the market and then it didn't do much and had no apps for it -- until Jobs sucked up to Gates and Microsoft made having a Apple worth thinking about. At the same time that Apple finally came out with the Apple PC -- I was already using young CAD/CAM programs from 2 to 10 man private software businesses to build robotic parts. Microsoft was a strong innovative force in the creation of gorilla glass for touch screens. Small companies banded together to work out the issues the Microsoft put forth with it's ideas of where its heading with it's softwares -- but, nevertheless it was a huge innovator.